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75,000 Cashew Nuts for Farmers in Sierra Leone
By Lamin A. Turay
Aug 5, 2008, 17:08
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Senior Supervisor of the Kam Cashew Nut Enterprise, Koinadugu District, David B. Kamara, recently disclosed that his organization has nursed seventy five thousand (75,0000 cashew nuts for the purpose to help farmers improve production of the nuts. He revealed that the nursed nuts are meant to target farmers in the Northern part of the country as benefited from similar project but in cacao and coffee.


David B Kamara has intimated that the cashew will be handed over to the District Director of Agriculture, Denis Paul, for distribution. He said that farmers in the different districts will then apply for the nuts. He emphasised that the nuts are given without cost and that any official found asking farmers for money shall be persecuted or handed over to the Anti Corruption Commission. It is expected that the Agriculture Ministry will set up a follow up committee to monitor the activities of the farmers and hold sensitization and orientation workshops for farmers on how to properly handle the cashew nut. According to Mr. Kamara, Cashew nuts are one of the most expensive commodities in the world market as it is used for the production of paste, drinks, indelible ink, gara dye, glue and acid among others.


Cashew processing equipments are already available in the Kambia District. Cashew takes three years to be ready for harvest after it is being planted. Kamara encouraged district stakeholders including farmers to embark on cashew nuts cultivation in a bid to help reduce poverty.  Donors for the said project include Commonwealth, German Embassy, DFID and the Government of Sierra Leone.


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